St Thomas' News

08 August 2019

Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus,
Guide us on the path toward our destination,
and renew our strength as we continue to walk and commune with you.
Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us;
open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love;
and empower us to pass on to others
the grace you have shared with us so freely.


(written by Rev. Frank Schaefer, and posted on the Desperate Preacher website)


Monday 12 August – Speak Up 9:30 am - selected Year 4's

Tuesday 13 August – Board Meeting

Wednesday 14 August – Whole School Photo's

Thursday 15 August – Assumption Mass Y4

Saturday 17 August - School/Parish Mass Y1

Wednesday 21 August - Constable Care Incursion & Parish Mass Y5


Dear St. Thomas' Community,

As I continue to learn more about St Thomas’ I continue to be overwhelmed at the strength of the connection between the school and the community. This connection is centred in Christ and stems from the Gospel values shared by our staff and parents. This foundation provides a safe environment for your child to learn and discover their gifts and talents. St Thomas’ truly is a small school that does offer our children big opportunities and is setting each and every one of them up to be their best in the future. Thank you for your continued support as I learn more about our school.

New Staff Member

On Monday 12 August Mrs Rebecca McCarthy will join Miss Gemma Canalini and Mis Sofia Tived in the Pre Primary classroom. Mrs McCarthy is a fully qualified Education Assistant and has served the educational communities of St Brigid’s Primary School, Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies College. Mrs McCarthy also worked for the Autism Association of Western Australia and we are blessed that she will be bringing her gifts to our school. Please join with me in making her feel welcome.

Striving for Excellence

At St Thomas’ it is important that we have the highest of expectations of our students and that we support them in their individual pursuit of excellence. Excellence in academics, music, sport or other disciplines is very individual. It is my expectation that every student achieves excellence in the following areas.

  • Showing respect to others
  • Trying your best
  • Persistence
  • Manners
  • Pride for our school

To show pride in our school it is important that every student wears their uniform correctly and adheres to the Uniform Policy. This policy also outlines what hair styles are appropriate for our school. Please click HERE to view this document and help ensure your child is striving for excellence.

School Photos

On Wednesday the 14th of August the students will be having their School Photo taken. Please ensure your child is wearing their full winter uniform. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Father Day Stall, Liturgy & breakfast

Fathers, uncles, grandfathers and father figures are invited to the Father’s Day stall on 29 August. After this the Pre-Primary students will host a Liturgy dedicated to the Fathers of St Thomas’ in the St Thomas the Apostle Church commencing at 9am followed by a breakfast in the school hall. Please note that fathers from the whole school are invited to join this very special occasion.

World of Boys

Thank you to the P&F for organising Claire Orange to present to the St Thomas’ community. Her topic World of Boys” looked at the neuroscience of our developing boys’ brains and how this effects their behaviour, focus, purpose and actions. All of this has great impact on their learning. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend, and I was amazed at the number of staff who attended, outlining their dedication to the boys of our school.

God Bless

Mitchell Bristow


Kindy 2020 & 2021

We are currently taking applications for enrolments for four-year-old Kindergarten for 2020 and 2021. Your child must be 4 years of age before June 30 2020 to be eligible for 2020 intake and 4 years of age before June 30 2021 for the 2021 grouping.

Please download forms from our school website for applications. Interviews will be taking place. If you know of any families who may wish to send their child/children to St Thomas’ please ensure you pass on this information.

The Angelico Exhibition

Primary artworks will be exhibited from Monday 5 August until Friday 16 August at the Forrest Centre, 221 St George's Terrace, Perth. In addition a viewing evening has been arranged for this Friday 9 August from 5-8 pm. Paid parking is available at the Forrest Centre.

Catholic Performing Arts


Why does St Thomas’ want to participate in waste-free initiatives?

Adopting waste-free initiatives help our school with litter prevention and minimising waste sent to landfill through the operational practices of avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle. 80% of the plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans has come from land, much of which is a result of litter and mis-managed waste. Reducing our consumption of single-use disposable plastic is therefore a vital part of conserving our resources and protecting our environment.


Why does St Thomas’ continue with the waste-free initiative of Rebound Rubbish?

Avoid – Children are avoiding the use of messy, single use plastic food items so they don’t have to take it home.

Reduce – We have reduced the amount of full bins going directly to landfill by over half.

Reuse – Taking rubbish home gives the child the option to reuse the rubbish ie Washing out yoghurt tubs for reuse by the family or Makeaspace.

Recycle – Taking rubbish home allows the child to place recyclable materials into the home recycle bin. The bins at St Thomas’ go straight to landfill.



St Thomas' Primary School is again offering Years 2 - 6 the opportunity to enter into the nationwide competitions run by the University of NSW & the Australian Mathematics Trust.

Entry forms are available from the front office. The signed permission slip and full payment must be submitted by Friday 16 August. Sorry no late entries can be accepted.

Parents are encouraged to visit the UNSW website: to gather more background information and to access practice items to help your child prepare for the competition. I have past papers you are welcome to borrow.

I look forward to supporting your child in these endeavours.

Lisa Keatch

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School Photographs

Online Ordering System

Our School Photos will be taken on: Wednesday 14th of August

Class Photos/Portraits:

• Every student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.

• The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey. Log onto and follow the prompts to place your order.

• If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.

• The expiry date for online ordering is the 20.08.2019. Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to or call our office on 08 9240 8000.

Family Photos:

• Envelopes can be obtained from Administration.

• Family photos are taken each morning before school.

• Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers on photo day.

• If you do not have the correct money we will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to school.

• Family photos cannot be ordered online.

Special/Sports Group Photos:

• If your child is in a Special/Sports photo you will receive a link and password to the online gallery after photo day. You can then view and order if required. Photos will be delivered with the school’s bulk order.

Please Note: Class Groups, Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online

Years 1 - 6 must be in their full winter uniform - thank you.

Fathering Project - Sausage Sizzle

Calling all St Thomas' Dads. 24/25 August for the dad’s Fathering Project at Bunnings, Claremont.

Shifts are 1-2 hours between 8am & 4pm.

Please RSVP to Or text 0438 035 198. Students aged Y4 and above are welcome to help but must be working with their Dad. The more the merrier!

We are raising funds for the St Thomas dad’s group activities for 2020 including the night on the green and other fun events.

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Extend Before & After School Care

What’s on Next week?

Monday- AM: Bracelet and Necklace making PM: The Pyjama Foundation - Finalising our story, Tuesday- AM: The Pyjama Foundation - Start writing the good copy of our book PM: Weet-Bix slice Wednesday- AM:Yoga Session PM:Completing the front cover of our book/Sewing Session, Painting

Thursday- AM: Keep writing the book and get going with the drawings! PM: Sports Day with Ash, Friday- AM: Pretend Play PM: The Pyjama Foundation - Finalising our drawings and putting together the finished product. Testing it out at our PJ PARTY!,/ Tennis Tournament, Sewing Session/ Playdough

The Extend Superstars are…

Joshua Dominic Savio for his thoughtful contributions to Extend discussions every mat session and his outstanding efforts in writing a short story about space, you are truly an inspiration to us all Josh!

Elea Indaimo for being a caring and helpful friend and for taking leadership roles with enthusiasm and cheerfulness and a willingness to do her best in all Extend activities. Well- done Elea.

What’s Been Happening?

These past two weeks, we have been busy making arts and crafts, science experiments, cooking and making short stories for our Extend-A-Hand project. Also, we are learning how to sew, we are developing our skills in sewing by learning first the basic hand stitches so we may be able to make a project to be exhibited on our Open Day on the 8th week of this term. More details to follow. Stay tuned!


Each year, the Extend-a-Hand initiative lends support to an important cause and we encourage children, families and the wider school community to help make a difference.

This year, Extend has partnered with The Pyjama Foundation's Love Of Learning Program to support children living in foster care.

Each service will handwrite and illustrate a special storybook to donate to the foundation. The Pyjama Foundation's volunteers, the Pyjama Angels will spend time reading our unique handmade books to children living in out-of-home care as part of their program.


We are pleased to announce that JB 6 aside summer soccer league is back for the 2019/20 season so it’s time to get your St Thomas teams ready for another action filled soccer season. JB 6 A-side is a wonderful fun way to keep kids and adult teams active and playing soccer through the summer.

The competition commences in the week of the 22nd of October and continues until February 5th for thirteen weeks including finals and gala day with a Christmas holiday break.

The competition will be conducted during afternoon/evenings on weekdays at Rosalie Park, Shenton Park Registration fees include new Jersey, referees, and fantastic facilities.

All male and female players are invited to register. There will be a division to cater for each age group from 6 to 15 years, plus a women’s opens, men’s all age and over 35 Masters, so St Thomas dads and mums we are ready for you!

Make a team or join as an individual and we will make a team for you.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Registrations will commence on the 1st of September 2019 at

For more info please visit our website or contact Cecilia Burns at

Extend Before and After School Care

Click here to take you to the site.

St Thomas' Community Partners